The ambition of the DIVA project is to support the emergence and development of new industrial digitech value chains with applications to the agrifood sector and related ones like forestry and environment.
Specifically, the project will support innovative SMEs from the agricultural, food and non-food sector, forestry and environment for one part, and ICT SMEs for another part. Through open innovation approaches, , DIVA will instigate the development of disruptive cross-sectorial value chains, accelerate the emergence of innovative solutions brought by SMEs, support their development to build new digitech value chains across EU, validate the technical and economical benefits for all actors along these value chains, and help to commercial duplication at the international level.
To succeed, DIVA proposes a specific support process mainly led by local clusters which are the best innovation brokers to bring SMEs in the loop and accompany them all along the 4 steps of these creativity and aceleration processes. 10 partners which are organized for working with a ICT / Agrifood tandem in each region – will gather SMEs, large end-users industrial leaders, other third parties in DIVA open innovation spaces. By capitalising on the leading-edge specialties of each region, DIVA will foster the local and European cross-fertilization and will create added-value innovation process.
In practical during the 36 months, after the implementation of a so called “digitech value chain inspiration framework”, which gathers and structures all the challenges of the agrifood stakeholders, calls for solutions, for demonstration and for internationalization will be launched to allow ICT SMEs to propose their innovative solutions and to be supported through 5 types of vouchers (until 60 k€) to enhance these solutions. At the end of the process which will reach a minimum of 3000 SMEs, 150 SMEs will be selected and will receive various supports:
- Due diligence to operate a 360° strategic vision and validate the SME’s needs
- Technical support to maturate their solutions until TRL 67 and even 8
- Nontechnical support such as business strategy, business modelling, market strategy, strategic partnership building, IPR and certifications strategy…
75,6% of the 4,1 M€ budget will be directly oriented to the SMEs: 2,7 M€ through vouchers and 450 k€ via direct expertise of the partners.
As for the quantitative objectives, DIVA will create a minimum of 10 new digitech value chain in the agrifood sector, each gathering a minimum of 3 SMEs, with worldwide leadership and high growth potential. Thanks to the contribution of large agrifood stakeholders at their own costs, it is estimated that DIVA will leverage at least a similar investment from the private side to follow and support the development of the innovative solutionsbrought about by SMEs. The contribution of the Regions is also estimated to bring in the loop a similar amount via implementation of demonstrators and complementary support to those SMEs which will not have the chance to be selected for the DIVA vouchers scheme but whose ideas of solutions could be however of high enough added value at the regional levels.
Last but not least, DIVA will pay particular attention to dissemination and communication to spread information through the local and European thematic networks to gather largely contributions. It will also illustrate the DIVA methodology that could be implemented in each (or between) EU-Regions to create a glocal approach, source of territorial activities but international competitiveness and business.